The University of Victoria Vikes men’s basketball team is set for their regular season home openers this weekend, Nov. 11-12, against the visiting Calgary Dinos.
The game on the 11th is scheduled to start at 8:00 p.m., while the second game of the weekend will begin at 7:00 p.m.
The last time the Vikes met the Dinos just three points separated the teams over two games. UVic picked up a 72-71 victory before falling 79-75 on the second night.
The game that Calgary lost in Victoria was one of just three defeats they suffered en route to a fifth Canada West title in school history.
The Dinos made it all the way to the national championship game where they were defeated by the Carleton Ravens.
Last Time Out
Both of the teams split their opening games of the 2016-17 Canada West season.
The Vikes stormed into Saskatchewan and picked up a 95-77 victory over the Regina Cougars in their season opener. The Cougars then rebounded to drop the Vikes 77-57 on the second night.
“If you want to win two games in Canada West you have to be pretty hard and determined,” said Vikes head coach Craig Beaucamp. “The second night in Regina we just didn’t have the same bite that we did the first night.”
The Dinos opened their season with a close 85-81 loss to the University of Manitoba and then came back strong to defeat Manitoba 102-77 in their second game.
By the Numbers
4: The ranking of the Dinos in the latest U Sports national top ten poll.
57: The number of points last season’s Canada West MVP Thomas Cooper has scored in the Dinos first two games of the season.
9.5: The number of rebounds per game third-year Vike Jake Newman has recorded this season, good enough for third in the conference.
Craig Beaucamp, Vikes head coach
“We have to pay attention to a couple of their guys but we really just have to do what we do and continue to work hard to develop our basketball team. It’s still early in the year but this will be another good test to see where we are at.”
On the perks of playing at home
“It just provides a little bit of extra motivation, some push behind you. It’s never easy to travel in Canada West so we have to take advantage of that when we are at home.”
Calgary Dinos (1-1)
CIS National Ranking: 4
Canada West Standings: t-5
Last Week: 1-1
Streak: W 1
Last Canada West Title: 2015-16
Last CIS Title: N/A